Consumers' Research v. FCC and the Legality of the Universal Service Fund Contribution Regime

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With billions of dollars allocated to broadband funding in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the future of the FCC’s Universal Service Fund (USF) is a hotly debated topic. Now, with multiple lawsuits challenging the very legality of the USF contribution system, as well as new guidance from the Supreme Court on the limits of federal agencies’ power, the future of the Fund hangs in the balance. Join industry experts to discuss the issues raised in Consumers’ Research v. FCC and where the lawsuits stand in the aftermath of West Virginia v. EPA.


  • Robert Frieden, Emeritus Professor of Telecommunications and Law, Penn State University
  • Harold Furchtgott-Roth, Senior Fellow and Director, Center for the Economics of the Internet, Hudson Institute
  • Michael Romano, Sr. VP of Industry Affairs and Business Development, NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association
  • Moderator: Arielle Roth, Legislative Counsel, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt


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